STREET ARTIST MINI-ME (MINIME)

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WHAT
Mini-me or Minime is a miniature street artist from Melbourne whose work is most often found on street art tours and usually viewed on Instagram (just type in findminime ).
There are different kinds of miniature street artists in the world. Perhaps the best-known is the British artist  Slinkachu.  Minime’s art however is the reverse of traditional street art in that it is the viewer or participant that is usually the artist.
HOW
Mini-me is ephemeral art that tells stories of city and country landscapes. Tiny figures are placed temporarily with street art, nature or infrastructure to create stories about architecture, justice, sustainability and heritage. The setting is then photographed onto Instagram and other media.
WHO
Minime’s are distributed free to human ‘Big-me’s’ especially children and teenagers to tell life stories. These Big-me’s provide their Mini-me’s with a home and take them on adventures. Mini-me is their avatar providing a life-long opportunity for self expression.  To date, perhaps two thousand Mini-me’s are travelling our planet with their Big-me partners, creating stories about the worlds they visit.
WHY
Minime’s are tiny survivors in a big scary world. Our art reduces their world to a manageable size just as Big-Me’s do in real life.

Refuge: Mini-me’s symbolise the lost and vulnerable people of our world now rescued into a secure and exciting life by their big protectors.
Respect: Respect for the humanity and dignity of every individual no matter how small in social status is the foundation of a free and fair society.
Sustainability: One ephemeral Mini-me can be re-used thousands of times  without damaging the heritage architecture of our lanes and buildings.
WHERE
Originally created for use on miniature railway sets, they are the tiny ‘public’ – little pedestrians and commuters on the trains, buildings or streets. Made in Asia, they are a stereotypical view of what westerners looked like in the 1940s-50s. They represent a cultural view of a world from the past.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-3.png

WHEN
Mini-me’s, therefore, are migrant time-travellers from the 1950s to the 2000’s so are naturally bewildered by the world that they find. Fortunately, big kindly protectors are here to help.

Our era has many anxieties and challenges. Could not we all need a little help from a friendly giant now and then?

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